James V. Pierce, 84, formerly of Chicago, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at his home at Greenwood Village, Greenwood, Indiana.
Born April 1, 1932, in Lincoln, Ill., James was the only son of Harry Bryan and Vera Mae (Croft) Pierce. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older sister, Patricia Ann Wittekind, and a niece, Vicki (Wittekind) O’Hara. Surviving are his sisters, Rose Ellen (John) Cessna of Springfield and Linda Sharon (Lowell) Pinney of Greenwood, Indiana as well as 9 nieces and nephews.
James grew up on the family farm 5 miles southeast of Middletown. He graduated in 1950 from Middletown High School and in 1954 graduated from the University of Illinois. After college James joined the United States Army and served in Worms, Germany. While there he saved his leave time and traveled around much of Europe. Upon return to civilian life, James attended the University of Chicago and earned a master’s degree in business finance. He had a long career as a financial analyst for International Harvester/Navistar at their home office on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
In his younger days, James traveled extensively all over the United States on his motorcycle and went skiing in the winter.. An avid reader, he was extremely knowledgeable about politics, history, literature, music and art.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 pm, Friday, August 26th, 2016 at Holland Barry and Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services will also be held there at 11 am, August 27th with Rev. John Cross officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery north of Middletown.
Those who wish may leave memorials in James’ name to the Middletown Legion Auxiliary.